It’s now been 3 months to the day since I’ve moved 45 minutes away from the house where I spent the first 32 years of my life. I said back in my last home ownership adventures post that I’d save the last for when everything is set up. Well, that’s taking longer than I thought it would. I don’t even have enough furniture to finish properly unpacking my game collection yet, nor do I have the right kinds of boxes to fit all my comics on the currently empty shelf in my library room. But things are slowly coming together.
There are a couple neat adventures I’ve had since my last post though, and I thought it would be fun to share. Also there was no comic post this week for a couple reasons. One, the main comics I wanted to pick up had already sold out. Two, I spent a couple days at my parents house, and on one of those days, I accidentally left the comics that I did buy over there. Last week was kind of crazy in general. And because they released 4 days ago now, I don’t think it’s worth it anymore. Hopefully my comic posts will be back to normal next week. Anyway, on with today’s edition of Adventures in Home Ownership.
A couple of weeks ago, my parents came over to show me some tips on how to clean up better, including cleaning behind the laundry machines every year or so. So, what would you typically expect to find behind a dryer? A sock or two? Sure. Some loose change? That’s expected. A bit of broken glass? Not a huge surprise.
How about a 20-year-old license plate, a union handbook (used to keep the washing machine up straight instead of something more sturdy like wood), half a dozen socks that don’t match at all, and a clumped up piece of clothing that we didn’t want to straighten out to even see if it’s a shirt or a sock. Yup, that further backs up my theory that one of the previous occupants was a slob.
Lately I’ve been having a bit of a fruit fly problem. It seems to have improved a lot in the last week, but I’ve still got a few flying around the kitchen. I guess that means I need some sort of airtight container to toss my food waste in, but I haven’t found one yet. If anyone has tips on getting rid of fruit flies, feel free to provide them in the comments.
About a month ago, I finally had some guests over for a games night. We actually took the Kinect out for a while and goofed off with Kinect Sports (it’s nice that I’ve actually got room to use it now). There was a great storm that night, including some distant lightning, that we kind of enjoyed watching from the street. That was also thankfully before I started getting this fruit fly problem, and I’d rather get rid of it before I invite anyone else over.
There are times I feel a bit lonely here. All of my closest friends live at least 50 minutes away now, and while I like and get along with most of my co-workers, most of them aren’t the types of people I’d like to hang out with outside of work. But I also like the quiet nights after a busy day at work. I like how it’s easier to relax and move at my own pace. I like eating when I’m hungry instead of when it happens to be ready -sometimes at my parents’ home it would be ready when I’m not even close to being hungry yet.
Also as a side note, the last few times I’ve driven around my hometown, it felt weird. It might be partly because the light rail transit finally got up and running since I moved away, but it already kind of doesn’t feel like my hometown. Furthermore, the traffic seems to be getting worse and worse every year there. I went away for the first weekend in August for my brother’s bachelor party, and the drive back through Toronto on a long weekend was actually better than trying to get through my hometown on a regular week day. It was at the start of rush hour, but still. That’s one thing I don’t miss about living there – the ever worsening traffic.
On a slightly unrelated note, my father just retired this past week. For years, we had 5 adults living in the same house, and it wasn’t a big enough house for five adults. Within the last three months, I moved out, my youngest brother got an apartment near his military base and moved out, and my other brother is half-moved out. He’ll fully move out after he gets married later this month. That must feel weird for my dad, who will get the house all to himself on weekdays at the same time that he retires. But I’m pretty sure he enjoys his quiet time just as much as I do, so I’m sure he’ll be fine.
Anyway that’s it for now. I’m hoping for some more furniture in the near future so that I can finish unpacking, and then set up my “unpacking room” as a potential guest-room/rental room (whichever I decide on). When that’s done, I’ll upload some more pictures of the place.